DAVID E. PARVIN, 1STLT 68-69
An email received from his family (including memorial service information)
Dear friends and family,
My Father, David E. Parvin died unexpectedly on Oct. 24th. He is survived by my Mother, myself and two grandsons.
David led a full and enriched life. He studied to be a Catholic priest by attending a seminary during high school, and graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Biology. He volunteered for and served as a helicopter pilot for the Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was shot down twice. He was very proud to have served with the Purple Foxes for HMM-364. His nickname in Vietnam was Bugman, because of his fascination with capturing and looking at Insects. He retired as a Major, and then later flew helicopters for Air Life.
My Father saved countless lives during his flying career. He was a very talented artist that influenced and inspired many people. He was extremely generous and gave his time freely. He had a love for being alive. If he had lived to be a thousand years old, he would not have accomplished everything he wanted to. He will be greatly missed.
We are overwhelmed by your condolences, memories, and support during this hard time. Unfortunately, certain individuals started posting my Father's death on Facebook before family and friends could be notified personally. Our family was and continues to be very upset by this. We ask that those of you who use social media think carefully in the future about what you post about others. When in doubt, post nothing.
We will be having a memorial service for the public at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Friday, November 7th at 1230. Please be in your vehicles at staging area B at 1210. The military will lead us in our vehicles to the location for the service.
I am going to compile memories and photos of my Father to collect and bind for his grandsons. I have created an email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org If you'd like to have your memories and/or photos included please email them to me at that address. I would like to have as many as possible from his military career, and anyone who knew him as a young man.
We have set up an account at Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union if you'd like to make a donation in leu of flowers. The account number is 23015540 and the routing number is 302075283. Any money donated will be used for estate expenses first. Any money left over will be placed in a college account for his beloved grandsons.
Brett David Parvin
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From Walt Wise:
Sad news from Denver: David E. Parvin passed away last night (25 October 2014) at home here in Denver.
Dave was a pilot with the Purple Foxes at Marble Mountain MCAS in 1967/68.
Dave also flew Hueys in the Colorado Army National Guard and retired as a Major in 2003.
Dave flew for Air Life (helicopter EMS) at Aurora Presbyterian Hospital for several years.
He flew Lear Jets as a corporate pilot and logged over 1000 hours in Lear Jets.
Dave was a well known bronze sculptor here in Colorado. Dave was a member
of the Dadelians (National Fraternity of Military Pilots). Dave will be missed.
I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Even though I communicate with him as often as I should have, I considered him a friend.
He had just arrived at the squadron when he was assigned to inventory my gear for possible shipping to the States: I'd crashed on 12 May 68 with Ken Altazan at Hai Van Pass and was medevaced to the Naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. When I returned he introduced himself and remarked that he felt he already knew me from going through my belongings. He was impressed by my Bronica SLR 6X6 format camera as he was his college's school paper photographer and was a camera nut. We often flew together; he was always professional and also fun to be with. We eventually met up again years later, in the 90's, and enjoyed trading stories about how lives had been spent since rotating home.
Dave always had the manners and disposition of a gentleman, then he went on FAC duty for three months. He came back a bit coarser, still a great guy and now with loads of no-shit first-hand war stories.